|Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung meets with newly-appointed German Ambassador to Vietnam Guido Hildner on October 1. (Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn)
Many German firms have engaged in local projects towards transforming Hanoi into a smart city, including those in health care, environmental pollution treatment, waste collection, and water plant construction, he noted.
The mayor of Hanoi said he expects on his new mission in Vietnam, Hildner will serve as a bridge to further enhance relations between the two countries as well as between Hanoi and German localities.
As Vietnam and Germany will celebrate the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic ties next year, Hanoi stands ready to work closely with the German Embassy in Vietnam to organise cultural and socio-economic exchange events in the city, he added.
Hildner, for his part, said Hanoi boasts its unique beauty with a mixture of traditional and modern features. However, the capital city is now facing various challenges to maintain the harmony between its modernity and tradition.
The diplomat said he is willing to work hard to boost cooperation between Hanoi and Germany localities and share experience with the Vietnamese capital in improving urban transport, air environment and water management amongst others.
Last week, Hanoi announced it will receive 18 air quality censoring devices offered by the Germany Development Cooperation Organisation (GIZ) as part of efforts to improve the air quality in the city which has continuously reached alarming levels in recent days